This book, in my opinion, is the best Hagberg EVER wrote. I've read a few of the later Kirk McGarvey volumes, and they seem almost like an exercise in "writing by numbers", when compared to this one. Examples? You need examples? Introducing "significant others" so that they would be blown up or away in the next volume of the saga might be a nice one. I know, the plot has to get moving somehow, but we've all seen that in Bond movies. Then, of course, McGarvey turns into an aging killing machine, dispatching the enemies like pop-up targets (they don't have much more depth, anyway). Boring and predictable. I'd rather have unpretentious fun with Remo Williams!
In "Without Honor", on the other hand, the tone is sombre, almost like an AmE adaptation of a James Le Carre novel, with a high level of complexity and betrayals galore (instead of the token moronic and still scheming DDO of the CIA in the later volumes - did I use the word "boring" already?). Almost no gun-totin' action to speak of, as McGarvey is carried away by events beyond his ken and control, and ever more confused with every new betrayal and switch in apparent loyalties.
Really, a good one. As opposed to the mediocre showing in later instalments.